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University and Students’ Union strengthen commitment to green investment

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The University of Stirling and Students’ Union have joined forces to mark the institution’s commitment to not invest in fossil fuel companies.

The development, in line with Stirling’s long-standing socially responsible investment policy, helps the University ensure it continues to embed sustainability at the core of its business practices.

Professor Gerry McCormac, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, said: “We’ve always taken our commitment to environmental sustainability seriously – both on our campus and around the world.

University and Students' Union leadership

L-R: Principal, Professor Gerry McCormac; and Students' Union's Matt Woodthorpe and President Astrid Smallenbroek

“For instance, our Combined Heat and Power Plant, introduced in 2014, provides most of our electricity and heating – while dramatically reducing our carbon footprint – and we’ve taken major strides in reducing the amount of waste generated by the University.

“Furthermore, through the Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal, we’ll play a central role in delivering Scotland’s International Environment Centre. Through the Centre, we’ll help offer a comprehensive approach to economic growth through innovation and enterprise, skills training and sustainable environmental management.”

Astrid Smallenbroek, Students’ Union President, said: “With the Students’ Union’s continuing focus and commitment to sustainability, we are incredibly pleased to see the University taking action as a direct result of student feedback.”

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